Woot! After all these years the “The T.A.M.I. Show” is finally coming to DVD. I’m not sure it was ever even available legitimately on VHS, though bootlegs abounded. The filmed (actually video converted to film) rock show features some of the biggest artists of the early 60’s in a concert in Santa Monica, CA, in 1964. The set features performances by; The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Lesley Gore, James Brown, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, Billy J. Kramer, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, The Barbarians, Gerry and the Pacemakers and Jan & Dean, who are also the hosts.
The set by James Brown and the Flames is worth the price of admission. This is why he was called “Mr. Dynamite” and “the hardest working man in show business.” The Rolling Stones had the unenviable task of following Brown on the show. It is said that Mick Jagger commented on what he learned from this experience - never follow James Brown.
It’s being released by Shout! on March 23, 2010. I saw this in a theater in 1964 and have since had to settle for poor quality VHS tapes. I hope the transfer for this new DVD looks better than what I’m used to, though the source material may not be that great to start with. I guess I’ll find out next year.
“Here they come, from all over the world…”